Hepatocellular Carcinoma

What is hepatocellular carcinoma?

Hepatocellular carcinoma is a condition in which cancerous cells are found in the tissues of your child’s liver. Although rare, it is the most common primary cancer of the liver. This type of cancer is found in children from infants to adolescents but usually does not occur before the child reaches the age of 15. The median age for diagnosis is 12 years old.

Hepatocellular carcinoma may occur in multiple places within your child’s liver. Cancer cells can also spread (metastasize) to other areas of your child’s body. The most common sites of metastasis are the lungs and the abdomen.

Our approach to hepatocellular carcinoma at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

Patients with hepatocellular carcinoma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Liver Tumor Program. Our experienced pediatric liver cancer oncologists, surgeons and pathologists  use sophisticated technology and therapies to maximize outcomes for children.

Visit the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website for in-depth details on hepatocellular carcinoma, including answers to:

  • How is hepatocellular carcinoma diagnosed?
  • What is the best treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma?
  • What is the latest research on hepatocellular carcinoma?
  • What is the long-term outlook for children with hepatocellular carcinoma?